An ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd.), a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ahmed Raji SAN, and some Civil Society Organisations have called for the suspension of the plan by the Federal Government to conduct a population census next year.
The former Military Governor said at this point, the census is not a priority for the country.
Umar, who is also the chairman of the Movement for Unity and Progress, made his position known in a statement in Abuja.
According to him, a country that is facing existential challenges such as an unprecedented level of insecurity, collapsing economy, and the likes, cannot have as one of its priorities the conduct of a national census.
“This Administration should focus all its attention on securing the nation and conducting the 2023elections”, the statement read.
The Director-General, National Population Commission, Nasir Isa-Kwarra, had earlier announced the plan to conduct a population census to newsmen at the end of the meeting of the National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.